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Apple Opens A Quick Reads Section In Their iBookstore

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Apple recently launched Quick Reads, a new section in their iBookstore. Quick Reads offers short stories and novellas, all available for less than $5.00. Found in the "Books" section of the Store feature on iTunes, Quick Reads hosts short works of non-fiction and fiction, available for download directly to a computer or Apple mobile device.

Readers may remember that we recently reported on the new Kindle Singles program, which is Amazon's answer to the burgeoning market of novellas and short non-fiction. Quick Reads will be another great destination for fast e-reads. We were thrilled to see that the iTunes' fiction section is already good place to find novellas from established authors in all genres. Here are some of our picks:

Historical Romance


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Tags: E-Book
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Scholastic And Ruckus To Team Up For New Children's Imprint

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 | PERMALINK

YA readers have more books than ever available to them, but the novels that are slated to be released by the newly-created Scholastic Ruckus imprint will really stand out from the crowd. These books will be published in both traditional and e-book format and include special content such as interactive apps related to the stories, exclusive author interviews and more. To create this new line Scholastic is teaming up with Ruckus Media, a children's digital content developer. We were particularly intrigued to hear from Publishers Weekly about the ways that the new releases from Scholastic Ruckus will bring new dimensions to the reading experience. 


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Tags: E-Book, Young Adult
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Amazon To Launch Digital Book Rental Service

BY Whitney Sullivan, SEPTEMBER 13, 2011 | PERMALINK

As rumors start circulating that Amazon may soon host an e-book library function, I am positively giddy. This new un-named service would allow subscribers access to an e-library of books for a monthly fee.

Now skeptics are saying that companies have tried this before and no one has been able to conquer the book rental market the way that Netflix has done with the video market. And the detractors are pointing out that not too long ago Amazon launched their own instant video-streaming service, which has not yet surpassed the popularity of Netflix. However, I laugh in the face of their cynicism. The new Amazon e-library feature has the potential to be a real gamechanger.


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Tags: E-Book
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Paranormal Authors Collaborate For Breast Cancer Research

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

Check out eleven creepy crawl-y evil creatures and support the fight against breast cancer while you read — here's how: download your own copy of Entangled, the paranormal e-anthology that hit stores this morning. Entangled is a collaboration by Authors4thecure, eleven authors including two New York Times bestsellers and two breast cancer survivors, who are all dedicated to helping end this disease. Proceeds from Entangled will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation!

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Why was it important to you to contribute to this anthology?

Liz Kreger: As a breast cancer survivor, I have a personal stake in a cure being found ... whether it’s a cure for breast cancer, or any other cancer. With grants being continuously cut, it’s important that research into finding a cure continue. Science has made so many breakthroughs in the past few years that an actual cure could be just around the corner. I felt this was an opportunity to give something back using my own unique talents. 


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Tags: E-Book, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy
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Go Behind The Scenes With Turn It Up Author Inez Kelley

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

RT's Morgan Doremus got sucked into the drama of Inez Kelley 's new steamy contemporary romance, Turn it Up. She raved, "Readers are sure to love this battle of wills between two very determined people." So, wanting to share the love for this frank and funny new tale, Morgan sat down with the author herself to take readers behind the scenes of Turn it Up

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At the very beginning of the novel, you have your hero confessing his undying love for the heroine — and then you still have over 300 pages left to go in the book. Generally romances are about getting to the big L word, but yours starts there. Bold choice.

Maybe. But it was what came to me. And although Bastian and Charlie platonically loved each other, I wrote the story of their accepting and embracing a romantic love and believing in each other.

Your plot is a friends-to-lovers scenario. What first made Bastian know that he wanted Charlie for his friend and vice versa? 


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Happy Birthday Georgette Heyer E-Book Sale!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 19, 2011 | PERMALINK

This week marks the 109 birthday of author Georgette Heyer. Although almost four decades have passed since her death, the English author remains beloved around the world for her brilliant and intriguing novels. She is undeniably one of the foremost trailblazers of the romance genre. Heyer is best known for her historical romances and mysteries, but she also wrote contemporaries, historical fiction and short stories.

To honor her amazing talent we've come up with a list of three facts that all readers should know about her:

1) Heyer published her first novel The Black Moth in the year 1921 — when she was just 19 years old!

2) Heyer was always lauded for her historical accuracy, and wrote with incredible historical detail even while she and her husband were living in Africa and Macedonia. Once they returned to England she published a mystery and a historical romance each year between 1934 and 1941

3) Heyer wrote up until her death in 1974. Her final book My Lord John was published posthumously — she had intended it to be the start of a new trilogy. She wrote for over five decades and during that time published fifty-six full-length novels and several more short stories.


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Tags: E-Book, Romance
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Love Conquers All In Regency England

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

Two penniless misses meet their match in Regency England in this month's Harlequin Historicals. Although both Helene and Beatrice are worried about their futures, things may not be so bleak after they've won the attention of Max and Julius. But will these relationships be able to survive the challenges ahead?

In An Innocent Debutant in Hanover Square by Anne Herries, the well-mannered miss Helene Henderson worries that the venerable Lord Maximus Coleridge will feel he can not marry her after he learns of her lower class heritage. However, it turns out that there are much more dangerous problems stalking Max — he's in the crosshairs of an assassin! But this handsome lord won't let anything, not questionable lineage or life-threatening incidents, keep him away from the woman who has stolen his heart.


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Lee Child Releases E-Original Jack Reacher Novella For $1.99

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 15, 2011 | PERMALINK

Fans of Lee Child's popular hero Jack Reacher should be sure to check out the author's first e-original novella "Second Son", which is available today. "Second Son" is on sale now for $1.99 and features an adventure from Jack Reacher's younger years.

Reacher, who is now an ex-military drifter, was first introduced in 1997 in Child's Killing Floor. The tough hero has been the main character of fifteen subsequent tales that follow him across America and around the world. These days legions of Reacher fans are eagerly awaiting a new full-length Reacher novel, The Affair, this September. 

However, "Second Son" is a perfect starting point for readers who are new to the series, as the short novella delves far into Reacher's past. Lee Child says the novella focuses on a time "... when [Reacher] was just a kid (right before he became a really BIG kid) and centers on a incident involving both his father, Stan, and his brother Joe, after his family moves to a new base on Okinawa." The story showcases the way that young Reacher was already protecting his family, and the hardships that he faced as they relocated whenever their father was stationed at a new military base.


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Tags: E-Book, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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KindleGraph Allows Autographs on Digital Books

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 08, 2011 | PERMALINK

The reasons why we love e-reading are numerous however, the one thing digital e-readers have never allowed for are the author autographs and personal messages that so many readers cherish. This has all changed now that the masterminds at Amazon have created a new application called KindleGraph. The program allows readers to obtain a personal hand-written message from their favorite authors.

The best part? No more waiting in long lines at bookstores or conventions! When you want a book signed, you simply put in a request on your Kindle, the author receives an e-mail, inputs a digital message or signature using DocuSign, and the message is delivered back to your Kindle.


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Rosetta Books Introduces Crimescape A Digital Imprint Featuring True Crime Short Stories

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 04, 2011 | PERMALINK

Digital publisher Rosetta Books has just launched a new imprint called Crimescape. This is a line of true crime short stories penned by previously published authors. The line has debuted with six titles and the company has plans to release two more in each of the following months. 

These Crimescape titles will all run between 10,000 and 20,000 words and be Kindle exclusives during the first year. Even more exciting? These new non-fiction e-reads are all priced below $3.00. We predict that readers will enjoy knowing that they can always expect a Crimescape story to be both a fast read and easy on the wallet.

In order to guide the imprint, Rosetta Books has brought on Marilyn Bardsley, who is known in the industry for founding the popular site CrimeLibrary.com. Bardsley will be both working with authors she knows from her previous projects as well reviewing submissions from prospective new authors.


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Tags: E-Book, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
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